By Moira Clune

Strawberries are high in vitamin C and do not require heavy fertilizer in average garden soil. June-bearers are the easiest to grow and are widely adapted to a variety of growing conditions. Fruits appear in May and June.

Fertilizers are labeled according to the amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in the mixture. Apply a 10-10-10 or 15-10-10 fertilizer on strawberry plants.

When setting out new strawberry plants, add 1 lb. fertilizer to each 100 feet of planting row. Work the fertilizer to a depth of 6 to 8 inches. The next year, feed strawberry rows after the harvest, watering the fertilized rows deeply after application. For smaller plots, use 1 cup fertilizer for each 10-foot row.

Do not over-fertilize strawberries. Too much fertilizer reduces yield and increases foliage growth. Over-fertilized strawberry plants are vulnerable to fungal diseases and frost damage.